Ross Crawshaw-Lopton

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Ross Crawshaw-Lopton

Ross grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. He took accordion lessons from kindergarten through high school and, through the years, taught himself to play many other musical instruments. His family assumed he would become a musician, but he also showed an aptitude for dance. Ultimately, Ross pursued a career as a banker by day, but spends his free time as a square dance caller.

Ross began square dancing in 1984 with Puddletown Squares in Seattle, Washington. He participated in his first GCA Caller School in 2006, honing his skills by hosting the Emerald City Jamboree during the summer months in Seattle, Washington. He gained experience by calling the warm-up tip for Puddletown Squares Mainstream Classes (Seattle); and calling GCA sessions set aside for new callers at the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs annual IAGSDC Convention.

Ross has called for square dancing in Washington, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, Utah, Washington DC, and Vancouver BC (Canada). He also called at the 40th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival, in Seattle, WA; facilitating introductory workshops in Modern Western Square Dance.

Ross met his spouse while square dancing, and their family moved to Salt Lake City in 2007. He is co-founder of, and the Club Caller for Temple Squares, Utah's one and only square dance club for the GLBT community and their friends. Since moving to Salt Lake City, Ross has called for both public and private functions; including birthdays, family reunions, church hoedown's and non-profit events.

Ross is BMI / ASCAP Licensed and a member of CALLERLAB and the Gay Callers Association.

In 2017 Ross and his husband Justin Crawshaw-Lopton were presented with the Golden Boot Award by Keith Gehrig. In 2018, they passed it on to Pam Clasper and Barry Clasper.